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5 Best Anti-Aging Supplements
by Emily Linehan on January 07, 2020
Updated January 03, 2022
Aside from a healthy, well-balanced diet, some supplements and vitamins have been proven to help improve the skin and prevent premature aging. While it is always important to speak with your doctor first before taking any vitamins or supplements, here are some to ask about:
Omega Fish Oil
Healthy fats, also known as Omega 3's or Essential Fatty Acids, are truly your skin's best friend…for several reasons:
- They are the best way to hydrate your skin from the inside out! Taking your daily Omegas will help prevent dry, flaky skin and premature wrinkles. They also help to regulate the oil glands in your skin which is much appreciated if you are really oily or acne prone (like me)!
- They help maintain our skin cell membranes so that they are effective barriers, allowing water and nutrients in but keeping toxins out.
- They have amazing anti-inflammatory properties that help to relieve skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, and even acne!
- They also seem to offer skin protection against sun damage. In a skin cancer study, people who ate diets rich in fish oils and other omega-3 fats had a 29% lower risk of squam
Since sometimes it's not feasible to include this skin superfood in your daily diet, I like to take a supplement such as enteric-coated fish oil capsules like OmegaVia Fish Oil. Be sure to always check with your doctor first before taking supplements!
Aside from all the other essential benefits that Vitamin D3 provides, its anti-inflammatory properties help to rapidly repair and rejuvenate the skin making Vitamin D3 especially good for sensitive skin types or those with chronic inflammatory conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema, etc.
Its antioxidant properties also help destroy free radicals which contribute to premature aging. Although the body does produce Vitamin D from the sun, the damaging UV rays are also aging to the skin. Therefore, supplementing with Vitamin D3 (and Sunscreen! 😉) is ideal to prevent unnecessary sun damage and maintain healthy D3 levels.
While taking a collagen supplement will not create new collagen, supplementing with collagen can be supportive to the skin, hair, and nails. It is important when looking for a collagen supplement that there are 2 basic forms of collagen: Type 1 & 3 (found in marine collagen) and Type 2 (found in bovine collagen). Bovine is the only Type 2 Collagen that is great for joints and tendons. Our dermis is 80% Type I and 10% Type III. Type I and Type III collagen are the key building foundation for youthful flawless skin. Marine collagen is primarily made of Type I and Type III collagen, which are the building blocks of our skin. Marine Collagen has been shown to have superior "bioavailability", 1.5 times more absorbent than bovine, porcine, or chicken collagen, because of its optimum (low) molecular weight.
Also known as Ubiquinone, Coenzyme Q10 is an enzyme our bodies naturally produce and is found in every cell of our body. It helps produce cellular energy for healthy cells and neutralizes harmful free radicals that are a major cause of aging. As we age, our Coenzyme Q10 levels begin to deplete and most women over 30 years old have lower than-optimal levels which begins to affect the skin’s ability to produce new collagen and elastin. When choosing a Coenzyme Q10 supplement, be sure that it also contains BioPerine which allows for better absorption and bioavailability.
The condition of your skin, hair, and nails depends on three proteins: Collagen, Keratin & Elastin.
Collagen gives the skin a youthful, supple appearance, softening fine lines and wrinkles and preventing them from forming. In addition, collagen is essential for strong healthy bones and joints.
Keratin is the protein that makes up 95% of your hair. It gives your hair thickness, body, strength, and elasticity. Plus, keratin gives your nails strength and resilience.
Elastin gives your skin its ability to stretch and "bounce back" preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Elastin also keeps the skin firm and prevents sagging skin and jowls.
BioSil Hair Skin Nails, with the clinically proven active ingredient called ch-OSA, is specifically formulated to help support and regenerate your body's three beauty proteins to restore a more youthful appearance to your hair, skin, and nails.
Found in red grape skin, cranberries, blueberries, and dark chocolate, resveratrol is a polyphenol that acts similarly to an antioxidant. This means it prevents damage to the skin cells from oxidation. Our skin is constantly surrounded by oxidative stress from the pollution in the air, UV exposure, poor diet, etc. Resveratrol aids in repairing damage, strengthens and boosts the skin’s resiliency, and is an ally in preventing premature aging.
While all these supplements offer amazing benefits for your skin, only your doctor can determine if they are right for you. So, always ask your doctor before starting any new vitamin or supplement.